After almost a month of deliberation by U.S District Judge Susan Bolton, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now a convicted criminal. The immigration policies that led him to be nicknamed “America’s toughest Sheriff” also led to his demise.
The judge ruled against Arpaio’s defense and rejected the notion that the order requiring him to stop his signature immigration round-ups was unclear and that the violations were uninteded.
The sentencing phase will begin Oct. 5, and the misdemeanor carries a maximum of 6 months prision and 3 years probation plus fines.
You can bet the former Sheriff will exhaust every legal means appealing the verdict.